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SHSU Update for Week of December 3

Acclaimed Pianist to Perform

The Sam Houston State University School of Music Guest Pianist Series begins this week with a recital by Robert Roux, the highly acclaimed and talented chair of the piano department at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

The concert will be given in the Recital Hall at 7:30 p. m. Monday (Dec. 4).

The series of three concerts has been made possible with a grant from the Huntsville Arts Commission. In February the series continues with guest artists Michael Gurt (Louisiana State University) and Zoya Shuhakovich (University of Houston).

Roux, who has performed in 15 countries on four continents, has been a winner of several piano competitions in the United States, including the United States Information Agency€s Artistic Ambassador Competition and the International Piano Recording Competition.

"His distinctive interpretations are born of a lifetime of study with such renowned artists as Lili Kraus, Leonard Shure, Adele Marcus, William Race, and John Perry," said Clive Swansbourne, a concert pianist who is coordinator of piano studies at SHSU.

"He is a Steinway Artist, and his performances include appearances at the White House, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, Stude Concert Hall in Houston on the Horowitz Steinway, St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, and Villa Pignatelli in Naples," Swansbourne said.

In addition to his years at Rice, he has taught on the faculties of the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, Arizona State University at Tempe, and Wichita State University in Kansas. His students have been frequent award winners in national level competitions in the United States, and he is listed as one of the top teachers in Benjamin Saver€s recent publication, "The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA ."

Roux's program will consist of sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven, (the famous "Waldstein"), and works by Debussy and Brahms.

Tickets will be $8 adults and $5 students at the door, with admission free for Friends of Music, SHSU students and faculty with ID.

Parents Support Finals Effort

The Sam Houston State University Parents' Association (SHSUPA) officers and volunteers will be handing out free apples and Scantrons on Tuesday (Dec. 5) and Wednesday (Dec. 6) in the Lowman Student Center mall area, starting at 8 a.m. and continuing until supplies last.

"We know how stressful final exams can be, so we like to show our support to the entire student body and hope they each do well on their tests and final projects," said Buddy Moody, president of the association.

Each semester, the Parents' Association hosts two Apple Days giving out more than 1,200 apples and 5,000 Scantrons.

The Parents' Association is an organization of SHSU parents who actively support the students through awarding scholarships and hosting special events. The association raises funds from member dues and events for its annual scholarships. The association also plans Parents' Weekend each fall semester and conducts parent seminars during summer orientation.

"Parents, guardians and families of Sam Houston students are encouraged to join the association not only to support students, but also to have a primary link to the university. Through events like Parents' Weekend and a periodically published newsletter, members stay involved and informed about campus issues, events and news," said Moody.

For more information about membership, volunteering with the association or scholarships, call Buddy or Jackie Moody at 956.412.3880, or for general information call SHSUPA adviser Gayle Bullard at 936.294.1760.

Food for Thought

Sam Houston State University finals start Friday (Dec. 8), and the Department of Residence Life and the Aramark food service company are helping students get a good start on their all-night study sessions the night before.

Students are invited to come enjoy breakfast and banana splits to get them in the mindset for finals from 10-11:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 7) in Cafe Belvin. Finals continue through Dec. 13.

Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to participate by acting as servers.

"It is a lot of fun for those who can handle the late hours," said Mary Ellen Sims, who along with Aramark's Rick Lester, coordinates the event.

The meal is free to students on the meal plan and $4 for those who are not. Anyone with questions, or wishing to volunteer to serve, may contact Sims at 936-294-1818 or by e-mail at hou_mes@shsu.edu.

Thirty-Six Named to Alpha Chi

Thirty-six Sam Houston State University juniors and seniors have been accepted for membership in the Alpha Chi national college honor society for the 2000 fall semester.

The new members are Cathy A. Bain, Amanda Bauer, Julie Cassandra Bloyd, Amy Cantrell, Dawn B. Caplinger, Melissa A. Carnline, April S. Clay, Amy Nicole Coates, Kelly R. Cone, Audra Culberson, Joanne R. Cutlip, Danielle A. Duchnick and Douglas Stewart Edwards.

Also, Heather Renee Frazier, Kyle W. Grosser, Jeremy Ryan Hathway, Hollie G. Hendricks, Shelley Gibbs Jester, Colleen Jones, Patrick Michael Kemp, Allison Nicole Lewis, Lisa Littleton, Marian Carol Loveless, and Jenny Rebecca Maisel.

Also, Elena Elizabeth Martinez, William T. Maser, Alan A. Milolaj, Christine L. Fritz-Riley, Kristi Nicole Rodriguez, Michael C. Rulli, Amanda K. Saha, Judith Joy Soper, Theresa Sticker, Sharon M. Story, Billy Chad Yarbrough and Lynette Eileen Young.

Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi is opposed to bigotry, narrowness, and distinctions between people on any basis, and seeks to promote the genuine personal worth of each individual. The motto of the society is "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32.

Sunday Recitals

Steven Bayless, David White and Todd Sommer, students in the Sam Houston State University School of Music, will present recitals at 3, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 3) in the Recital Hall.

Bayless will perform a vocal concert of works by Samuel Barber, Stephen Foster, Giacomo Puccini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and Hall Johnson. He will be accompanied by Trista Furman and Vickie Dennis on piano.

White's program will include works by Pierre-Petit, Paul Hindemith, Edward Gregson, William Schmidt and Jan Koetsier.

Assisting White will be Joanna Thompson (piano), Kevin Goodson (flute), Kimber McClellan (bassoon), Matthew Bunge (oboe), Paul Hogue (trombone), Chrissie Derimee (clarinet), David Richard (trombone), Leigh Ann Moya (horn) and Henry Howey (trombone).

Sommer's concert will feature percussion works. Admission to each of the concerts is free.

An Evening with Ron Rozelle

Barnes and Noble's Houston-area Writer of the Month for November, Sam Houston State University graduate Ron Rozelle, will discuss and autograph his novels at 7:30 p. m. Tuesday (Dec. 5) in the Walker Education Center auditorium.

The event is sponsored by the Texas Review Press, which published Rozelle's novel based on the Galveston hurricane of 1900, "The Windows of Heaven," and his East Texas Memoir, "Into That Good Night."

There is no charge for admission. Rozelle's books will be on sale. For information, call 936-294-1992.

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Dec. 3, 2000
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